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Food in solid or liquid form, specifically in relation to children. See also the tag [eating] about manners and motivation.

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Why do toddlers hate getting their face cleaned off with a wet washcloth and is there a better way?

After every meal it’s a battle to wipe off my toddler’s face. He really fights it (This paints a pretty good picture). I’ve observed this to be quite common for toddlers. Is there an easier way to ...
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What is the evidence on the danger of feeding whole blueberries and grapes to infants and toddlers?

Some people cut grapes and blueberries in half to feed to infants and toddlers, to reduce the risk of choking. Others don't bother. I've read anecdotes about choking but was curious if there is ...
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How do you feed a picky eater?

Dinner with my 5-year-old is an ordeal. I do not want to cook separate meals. How do I stop the fighting at dinner and get them to eat?
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How long should I wait before I permit my children to have access to caffeine?

From observing teenagers around my neighbourhood, it's obvious that Starbucks, and a few other coffee shops, are standard hangouts for teens. So I assume that once they're in highschool, I won't have ...
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How to tackle sugar addiction [duplicate]

My toddlers like to have ice-cream, candy, sweet, and high sugar cookies. I just worried it could lead to sugar addiction. What are persuasive techniques to reduce sugar intake?
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Making the child finish their food even if they are already full [duplicate]

As a child, my parents always made me finish my food even if I was already full. Food definitely isn't wasted this way, but overeating is not good either. What would be the advantages and ...
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How to get toddler to eat eggs?

A long while ago my 2 yr 9 mo old son decided he did not like eggs. He was good enough to taste them (and re-tasted them on a couple later occasions), but he made up his mind he just does not like ...
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Is citrus fruit safe for babies?

Giving citrus fruit to a baby that is just starting on solids is discouraged on several places online, however i cannot find any solid reasoning behind this advice. Has there been any scientific ...
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Should you give honey to a newborn?

I visited a friend-of-the-family in hospital soon after they'd had their new baby. I was surprised to see a jar of honey by the bedside. I thought it was for the parents to have in Tea or on toast, ...
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What is effect of giving sugar to an infant?

Instinctively I try to avoid giving our 1 year old sugar. However, I don't really understand why it is bad for her. Often when she doesn't want to eat any more savoury food she is more than happy to ...
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Why do Heinz's Honey packets say not to give them to children under 12 months?

I was getting tea today and noticed those cute little honey packets made by Heinz. At the bottom of the packet it says: DO NOT FEED TO CHILDREN UNDER 12 MONTHS OLD - why?
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Why don't kids like vegetables?

I am sure there are children out there who do like munching on broccolis and feasting on spinach, but most of the children I know don't like veggies. Mine are especially suspicious of anything ...
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What schedule works for working parents and their kids to have dinner together as a family?

Each day during the week, I pick up my 1.5-year-old daughter at daycare on my way home from work, and we are home between around 5:30 or 5:45. By then, she is quite hungry, since they eat at 2 pm at ...
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When to allow children to consume sugar/candy/sweets/junk?

We have so far not allowed our toddler (20-months) any foods that contain sugar (chocolate, cake, sweets, sweetened juice, etc.) on the premise that consuming sugar is not needed and only causes ...
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How can I get my toddler to eat as well for us as he does at daycare?

My son (currently 23 months old) attends an in-home daycare 5 days a week. The daycare provider cooks homemade meals for the kids, and provides snacks. By every report she gives, our son gives her ...
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How do you control the quantity of sweets and junk food a pre-teen eats?

For a pre-adolescent child, what strategies can I use to control the quantity of sweets and junk food that make it into his diet?
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How and when do I teach my son to use chopsticks?

Even though I live in the U.S., I find using a fork inefficient and clumsy. I'd like to teach my son how to use chopsticks as an alternative. What is the best way to do this without interfering with ...
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How do you determine what the age-appropriate foods for a baby are?

Our baby is 14 months now and he has eaten almost any kind of food. But during the first months, it was so confusing the fact that each doctor and/or "expert", suggested their own schedule about when ...
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How can I switch an exclusively breastfed 1-year-old to food?

My 1 year old daughter eats very little. Infact she doesn't even drink bottled milk. Not to mention she hasn't gained much weight in the last couple of months. She mostly survives on mothers milk. ...
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Is my 15-month old drinking too much fluids?

My 15-month old is Mr. Thirst. He is weened (about 2 months now), but he has ravenous thirst and drinks about 50-60 ounces (ca. 1,6 liters) a day of fluids. We give him soy milk (he might be lactose-...
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saving uneaten dinner for breakfast?

I'm sure some of you have either said or heard something like this before: "If you don't finish your dinner, you can have it for breakfast the next morning" We used to have problems (and still ...
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When should we allow children to experience spices in food?

Based on this question, I think it would be interesting to hear opinions on use of spices in foods for toddlers. When we prepare meals, we add the seasoning/spices fairly late. This allows us to ...
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How to identify whether a 7 months old baby is waking for a feed out of habit or need?

I am subscribed to a newsletter from babycenter.com. Just now I received a letter containing the following content: Sleep solutions: Once she reaches the age of six months or so, your baby ...
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Are deli cut meats bad for a 15-month-old?

We've been feeding our 15-month-old deli ham for dinner pretty regularly. Recently, a family member was alarmed that we were feeding him any kind of deli meat because it is "bad for them". We ...
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How do you ensure proper nutrition for a child in a vegetarian or vegan household?

I do not yet have children but I am a vegetarian. I am curious to know how vegetarians, and vegans, address the issue of nourishment. If it helps, I am vegetarian more for ethical reasons than health ...
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Does a breast feeding mother's diet affect the breast milk produced?

Example: If during breast feeding, I keep on eating lots of Ghee, Coffee, etc., it may or may not harm me. BUT, - Will those substances have an effect on the milk produced? - Will the baby be ...
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My one year old son doesn't want to eat. What happened to my son?

When my son was under 11 months old, he ate a lot, but I don't know what changed when he reached 1 year old. It seems like he doesn't like to eat. When we give our son food, sometimes he tries to ...
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How do I get my toddler to eat fruit?

I have a 2 year old kid who does not like fruits in any form. We have tried a lot but he would not eat fruits. Even if we make fruit shake with pieces of fruits in it, he would drink the shake and ...
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What could be the reason of food accumulation (pooling) between front lower teeth and lips in mouth of the toddler? [closed]

I have a 24+ month old toddler. Over a long stretch of time, he has been a slow eater because food pools in the front of his mouth. Especially between his lower teeth and his lips this is true. Food ...
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When should I introduce different foods to an infant or toddler?

It is often said that you should introduce certain foods in a certain order. These reasons often have to do with allergies, choking hazards, digestive system maturity, etc. What ages should your child ...
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Are glass baby food jars safe to reuse?

I've been feeding my daughter store-bought baby food in glass jars, but I plan on starting to make her food myself. Is it safe to wash and re-use the jars I already have?
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What happens when you feed cold milk to a baby?

I often read the recommendation that milk for newborns and infants (breast milk or infant formula milk) should have body temperature (~ 37°C). Usually, this recommendation is just stated as a fact (...
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What's a good way to cut bread into tiny pieces?

When my kids were starting on solid food, at a certain point they started being fed bread, for instance a jam‡ sandwich. Of course, that needed to be cut into tiny little pieces. Using a fork ...
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2-and-a-half-year-old child refuses to take her food [duplicate]

My 2-and-a-half-year-old child refuses to take her food. We have to force her to eat. I even tried changing her food to suit her tastes but still need to force her. Please help.
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What's a healthy, non-perishable, keep-it-in-the-car-and-forget-it snack for a toddler?

I would like to offer my 1.5 year old toddler snacks while we are in car and its snacktime or she is hungry. Currently, I rely on goldfish crackers but these are not much healthier than potato chips, ...
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How to encourage toddler to not throw food?

My wife and I are blessed with fifteen month old twins. They are generally well-behaved, but have recently started to throw food from their highchair trays. We have two dogs who are very pleased with ...
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Is organic whole cow's milk better than “toddler milk” powder for a 1 year old?

We live in a country where it's very popular to give toddlers a follow-up powdered formula called "lait de croissance" roughly translated as "grow milk" or "toddler milk" like the one pictured here: ...
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What are some good natural teethers?

It seems our 6 month baby wants to take everything in her mouth, it would be nice if we were able to give her some natural food-based teethers, but which edible substances can be used as teethers? Do ...
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When do you start increasing the amount of solids?

My 6 month old has a breastfeed in the morning then a break and has rice cereal. Most of the time she will have 2 tablespoons and finish this. I give her a different food at lunch time after the ...
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Can you effectively influence the behavior of a 6 month old?

I've just started feeding my daughter solids, and I would like to teach her to not blow raspberries while there is food in her mouth (which is cute, but messy.) Is it possible to communicate to her ...
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When flying with an infant, what airport security restrictions for breast milk/formula/baby food apply?

We're planning on taking a short (1-2 hour) air trip in a couple of months. Our son will be 11 months old by then. Given the delays with getting through security, the amount of time in advance we'll ...
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How to deal with children going to friend's houses to bypass rules

In our house, as with most households I assume, there are lots of rules that we decided on, which might not be agreed upon by other families. Our son is 9 at the moment. For example, to prevent video ...
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At what age can children prepare their own meals?

At what age can children be left to fend for themselves as far as breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
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Is it OK for my children to eat solely carbs and fruit, which is what they want

We have two kids (almost 5yo and 20 months). Both are very picky eaters, eating some carbs(noodles, pasta, or bread, all plain; no potatoes/rice!), and fruit of all kinds, but nothing or very little ...
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Giving tea to infants

I read on the internet that giving tea to infants can cause iron absorption problems, the problem is our infant of 9 months loves tea , as we gave her a sip when she demanded it and now she wants it ...
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Anything wrong with eggs and bacon every day for my kids' breakfast?

I have two kids, a boy aged 6 and a girl aged 8. They currently eat the usual sugary breakfast cereal every morning. I typically cook an omelette for myself every morning. It made me wonder if I ...
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Should we give our infant baby food to avoid feeding at night?

Our little boy is 4 and half months old. He weights around 7.5 kg. He wakes up many times at night for milk. Shall we start giving him baby food so that he does not feel hungry at night?
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What to do when 18 month old doesn't want her dinner?

It's becoming more frequent that my 18 month old daughter has started refusing the dinner we give her without trying it. Our best guess at why, is because it contains green things. We always check ...
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How do you encourage your primary-school-aged child to eat new foods?

I thought this question might be a good complement to a question posted about a child that pretends to choke when he doesn't like a certain food. This question and its answers mostly address the ...
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What are some filling after-dinner snacks for a 1 year old?

My 1 year old always sits and eats dinner at the table with us but sometimes she doesn't eat a lot. We want to make sure she has enough to eat before bed so my wife doesn't have to nurse as much ...